NHP trooper injured in crash dies
RENO, Nev. (AP) ” A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who was critically injured in a car crash earlier this week died Thursday after doctors completed harvesting her organs, authorities said.
Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone, 33, was injured late Monday when a sport utility vehicle slammed into the driver’s side door of her patrol car while she was responding to a call.
An organ donor, she was kept on life support until doctors found suitable recipients and completed harvesting her organs.
“As a final act of selfless service, she wanted to help others live longer lives and better lives,” the NHP said in a statement announcing her death.
“Doctors at Renown Regional Medical Center performed the organ donation procedures during the night (and) finished their work around 2:45 a.m. this morning.”
Her death came a day after Kelly-Borgognone’s family announced her funeral will be held 11 a.m., March 5, at Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
Kelly-Borgognone had been a trooper for two years, serving eight years before that as a parole and probation officer, Trooper Chuck Allen said. She and her husband Dirk, have two young daughters, Blair, 13, and Ashlyn, 3.
Her brother, Chris Kelly, is a 14-year veteran with the NHP and is assigned to the Reno area.
Kelly-Borgognone was responding to assist in a bomb scare around 10 p.m. Monday night when her Ford Crown Victoria patrol car was slammed at an intersection by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle, Matthew Henderson, 33, of Sun Valley, suffered only minor injuries.
The Washoe County sheriff’s office, which is investigating the crash, said it could be next week before investigators determine why the crash happened.
No charges have been filed.
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